10 budget-friendly Memorial Day travel ideas

Memorial Day Travel Do's and Don'ts

For many people, Memorial Day weekend serves as the official beginning of summer. Although the season technically doesn't start for a month or so after the holiday, families usually take advantage of the three-day weekend to head to the beach or somewhere sunny.

If the holiday came faster than you were able to save for (like most of us), there's no need to fret.

We've compiled a list of the some of the cheapest weekend getaways that still offer activities and a warm temperatures to get you prepared for the summer season.

Relaxing on the beach may be your top go-to idea for the extended weekend, but check out some of the other fun and affordable trip destinations in the gallery below.

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10 budget-friendly Memorial Day travel ideas

Austin, Texas 
With its notable live music scene and historic landmarks, Austin is a great city to go on quick and affordable weekend trip with your family. 

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San Juan Island, Washington  
It may not be as bright and sunny as most island getaways, but San Juan Island is a great place to explore one of the country's largest lavender farms and is the perfect place to whale watch.  

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Charleston, South Carolina 
If southern charm and historic tours are some of your favorite things, then Charleston is the place for you. Not only is the city rich in history, but it's also known for its delicious seafood. 

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Cape Cod, Massachusetts  
If you're looking to escape the hustle and bustle of everyday city life, Cape Cod is the best place for you. Cape Cod is also close to popular vacation destinations such as Martha's Vineyard. 

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This island may not initially seem like an affordable Memorial Day travel destination -- but due to May being considered part of its off-season, flights and hotels can be surprisingly low.  

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Florida Keys, Florida 
If you're looking for a tropical paradise in the U.S., then the Florida Keys is where you need to be. With beautiful palm trees and clear waters, it's the perfect trip if you're looking for a last-minute escape. 

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Nashville, Tennessee 
Country music fans and BBQ lovers, this is the city for you! Home to the Country Music Hall of Fame and tons of restaurants, this is the perfect place to indulge in good music, good weather and great eats. 

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St. Louis, Missouri  
Home to the oldest botanical garden in continuous operation in America, St. Louis is definitely a hidden gem. If you're looking for a fun, under-the-radar city then it's the perfect place for you. 

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Denver, Colorado 
If sports and mountains are your two favorite things, then Denver is your best bet this Memorial Day. Home to the Rocky Mountains and four sports teams, it's the perfect location to take in the world's natural wonders.   

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Savannah, Georgia 
Much like Charleston, Savannah is rich in history and seafood. If haunted tours or walking along a cobblestone road interests you, then Savannah is perfect place for you to visit. 

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